All of the Books I Read in 2022
In January 2022 I made a goal to read 50 books over the course of the year. By the end of December, I had read 52 books. Working towards this goal has helped me expand my horizons when it comes to new genres and authors. Here are the books I picked up last year:
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I started off the year reading Twilight for the first time in a decade. When I found a copy a Target, I figured it was the perfect time to give the series a look with a new perspective. This was a fun read that made it easy to get into the habit of reading for an extended period of time throughout the day.
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken is not a story for those with sensitive hearts. This book was beautifully written, but difficult to read due to the brutal nature of the true story. I ended up watching the movie on HBOMax months later. The film adaptation was not as dark or harsh to consume, but I still prefer the book. If you are a fan of history, this book will show you a new perspective on World War II.
- Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman
I have read and written poems for years, but I have never read an entire poetry book. I loved that these poems worked cohesively to form a story. Teenagers in particular will be able to relate to these poems.
- The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This YA mystery was a quick read that I wished was published back when I was in high school. I could definitely see this series being adapted to a movie down the road.
- Temptation by Nora Roberts
- The Best Mistake by Nora Roberts
These two books by Nora Roberts came together. I have never been a fan of romance books in the past, but I enjoyed having a light read.
- Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
After reading Twilight again, I thought it would be the perfect time to read Midnight Sun, the same story through Edward’s perspective, while the original was still fresh in my mind. The book was a bit too long in my opinion, but I did enjoy reading new details from a story that has been around for years.
- This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
This book was haunting. It follows a several students throughout a school shooting. Unfortunately this is a reality nowadays, which only made the gruesome details harder to read.
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
I have been making references to The Wizard of Oz for years, but I had never read the book or watched the movie before. Reading the book before watching the movie is something I try to make a habit of, so I decided to pick up a copy.
- The Geography of Lost Things by Jennifer Brody
This roadtrip story would be the perfect book to read during the summertime. It is fun and the perfect motivation to go out on an adventure.
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
I picked up a copy of this popular Colleen Hoover book when I saw it going viral on TikTok. From what I had heard of the book, I was expecting it to be a typical romance. What this ended up being was a story about domestic violence in graphic detail. While I did find it to be a good book, I wish it had been advertised properly.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a book I had read before in school. I had also seen the movie adaptation. This year, I wanted to read the book without the stress of being graded.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland was my favorite Disney movie as a kid, so I had to finally read the source material.
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
This mystery novel is a classic for a reason. If you are in a reading slump or have a difficult time finding books you like, I would highly recommend this book. Though it is a classic, it is easy to read and draws you in from the very first page.
- All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott
I picked up this book simply because it was by the same authors of Five Feet Apart. This was a good read, but I would have related more if I had read it when I was closer to the characters’ ages.
- The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
If you are looking to start reading business books, this is the perfect introduction. It is helpful, easy to read, and short.
- The Last Juror by John Grisham
The Last Juror was my first Grisham novel. The journalistic storyline is brilliant.
- Analyzing Performance Problems by Robert F. Mager and Peter Pipe
Another business book, this one is great for those looking into management roles. It focuses on the human aspect of business— giving advice on the people to employ and associate with rather than the financial aspects.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is my favorite series of all time. I prefer the original trilogy, but the prequel is also excellent. I have read each of the original three books at least ten times each, so I decided to read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes for a second time.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I loved this book when I read it in high school. After knowing how it ends however, it was less gripping.
- A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
This book is a sequel to the book turned movie, A Dog’s Purpose. Reading a book from a dog’s perspective was adorable and fascinating.
- Stuart Little by E. B. White
This story was a childhood favorite of mine. I loved the movie and found the book just as sweet.
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
If you are a fan of Marvel and Thor in particular, you need to read this book. This tells the Norse myths in a way that flows swiftly.
- Proof by David Auburn
Since the only plays I had read were by Shakespeare, I picked up Proof to shake things up.
- The Awakening by Nora Roberts
If you like a lot of story building in a fantasy story, this is the book you need.
- Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
If you watched the movie, you will enjoy the book. It is a gritty story about a young girls forced to overcome impossible challenges for her family.
- My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham
This mystery takes the private school setting and raises the stakes. I would recommend it to fans of Pretty Little Liars or Wednesday.
- 1984 by George Orwell
I am a big fan of the dystopian fiction genre. Aside from Fahrenheit 451, this may just be my favorite book in the genre. This is a realistically terrifying take on futuristic society and the surveillance that can be used.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
Self help books haven’t been my go to before, but this book was packed with advice that was surprisingly helpful. I listened to the audiobook version of this book, but I would recommend picking up a physical copy to reference easily later on.
- The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark
This is my favorite book that I read this year. This book even jumped to my top 10 favorite books of all time. If you are a fan of journalistic storylines, like The Last Juror, and the series Criminal Minds, you would love this.
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Since I had read Twilight and Midnight Sun, I picked up the sequel.
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This YA Dystopian flew by. I could definitely see myself reading the rest of the series.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I read If I Stay years ago, but I never got around to the sequel. If you haven’t either, I highly recommend it. I love that Forman wraps up the story in a way that is satisfying for the main characters, but is also realistic.
- Gray Mountain by John Grisham
This John Grisham book has a strong small town feel to it, while keeping to the classic law storyline that Grisham does well.
- Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
This book is targeted to a younger audience, but it can be read and enjoyed by anybody. It is another war book told from the perspective of a dog. This book will both warm and break your heart.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Throughout high school, so many people raved about A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I wish I could see this play performed on stage instead of reading it in my house. Regardless, I still prefer Much Ado About Nothing.
- The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I had mixed feelings about this book when I originally read it years ago, so I wanted to revisit it. The second chance love story is explored well, but the setting of 9/11 at the introduction was off putting for me.
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Since I had a copy, I continued on down the Twilight path.
- Carrie by Stephen King
Before this year, I had never read a book by Stephen King. My curiosity got the better of me this year, so I read Carrie since I had already watched the movie and knew I wouldn’t get scared. The writing style and horror genre turned out to not pique my interest as much as I had predicted it would.
- Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
If you are in the mood to read a book about time travel, this is the book for you. The concept reminded me of the Netflix series Manifest.
- The Pearl by John Steinbeck
This novella shocked me at the ending. If you have ever dreamed of winning the lottery, read this book first. It serves as a warning of the dark side of fortune.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
This book flies by. If you enjoy metaphors and politics, this is a great book to read.
- American Sniper by Chris Kyle
This autobiography has been sitting on my bookshelf with a bookmark halfway through for far too many years. Finally finishing this book was a relief. If you are interested in the military, this is a good book to check out.
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
I read both of these plays back in high school and was in the mood to revisit them. You can never go wrong with some Shakespeare.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I wanted to give this book a series after watching it go viral on social media. Unfortunately I do not think that the fantasy genre is for me. This was a well written book, but I had a hard time finding motivation to read it and root for the characters.
- The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Since I read The Inheritance Games at the beginning of the year, I had to read the sequel. This book was somehow better than the first. I still have to pick up the final installment.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Since a good cry is useful from time to time, I picked up The Fault in Our Stars again. Though I knew how it would end, it still left me a wreck.
- The Broker by John Grisham
John Grisham’s books are fantastic. The Broker is no exception. I loved the spy elements used in this book.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
I read this classic after getting it for Christmas, excited to see why so many people call it their favorite book. This was a quick read, but was too sexual for my liking.
- Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
At the very end of the year, I finally read Marley: A Dog Like No Other. I have had this book since I was a child, having picked it up at a book fair. I never read it because when I watched the movie, Marley and Me, I cried like a baby. I thought that since I was older, I would not cry if I read it now. Needless to say I was wrong.
That’s my 2022 reading wrap up!
What was your favorite book of 2022? How many books did you read? Let me know in the comments!